Discretionary Housing Payment (DHP)
Can I apply for DHP?
How much DHP will I receive?
The decision on whether to award, how much and for how long, is made by your local authority. They will also decide how to treat any income or other resources you may have. The amount you are awarded could cover all or part of your shortfall in rent or the costs of taking up a tenancy.
How to make a claim
Speak to your local authority about how to make a claim or visit their website. They may accept claims in writing, over the telephone or online. You will usually need to provide your national insurance number and/or your housing benefit claim number. if you claim housing benefit.
What documents will I need?
How are payments made?
A Discretionary Housing Payment could be made to you or direct to your landlord. The payment could be a one-off, temporary period or an indefinite award. Your local authority will also decide whether to backdate or not and if so for how long.
Does DHP affect other Benefits?
A Discretionary Housing Payment will not count as income or capital when calculating your entitlement to means-tested benefits or Tax Credits.
Change of Circumstances
Your local authority will inform you of the changes in circumstances that you are required to report to them.
Dealing with a refusal
The local authority will provide reasons for a DHP application refusal by letter, you will then have one month to ask for the decision to be revised. If you choose to ask for a revision, it is important to address the reasons stated for refusal. It is possible to have a DHP refusal overturned. There is no further right to challenge the local authority’s decision once a revision request has been refused.
If you are not successful, you can apply again at the start of the next financial year, providing you are still entitled to housing benefit or the housing costs element of universal credit.
If you require further advice or assistance on making a Discretionary Housing Payment claim, you should contact your nearest local advice agency.